Current Blogging Distractions #1

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I wanted to start a “non-beauty favourites” type of series on my blog, but that phrase didn’t seem to suit me or my content.   Talking about the things that are currently distracting me from blogging?  That sounds more like me!  I’m so easily distracted I am starting to believe that I may have been a Labrador in a past life…

Current Blogging Distractions 1 - Famous in Japan

Parks and Recreation

After I finished The Office (US),  I was left with a large TV show shaped void in my life.   I decided to finally hop on the Parks and Recreation bandwagon after seeing endless GIFS and screenshots.   In case you haven’t heard of it, I’ll quickly explain.  Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler (the “cool mom” in Mean Girls) as Lesley Knope, a government worker in the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee.  Of course, there are plenty of silly situations that Lesley gets into in her quest to build parks.  It also stars Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt as Lesley’s colleagues and friends.  As it was created by one of the men who created The Office (US), they are quite similar in terms of writing and filming style.

At the time of writing, I am just about to start Season 5.  I’m trying my best not to watch any more episodes until I have got some blogging done but it is so easy to watch and to get into.  What often happens is that I put on an episode in the background whilst I tidy up, and then I end up sitting there for 5 episodes surrounded by junk… Oops.   I would recommend this show for anyone looking for a new easy, lighthearted watch.

Yo-Kai Watch (Anime and 3DS Game)

Never mind a blogging distraction, Yo-Kai Watch has become a complete life distraction.  If I am not playing the 3DS game, I am watching the anime.  If I am not watching the anime, I’m playing the 3DS game.    Yo-Kai Watch is about a young boy called Keita who unwittingly releases Whisper (a Yo-Kai) who has been sealed in what appears to be a gashapon machine.  Whisper gives Keita a “Yo-Kai Watch” so that Keita can detect, interact, befriend or even battle other Yo-Kai that are up to mischief in his town.

I know what you are thinking, and yes, it does sound similar to Pokemon.  However, I feel this is slightly more realistic and relatable. Let me explain.  “Yo-Kai” are an actual part of Japanese folklore – one example that comes to mind is “Kappa”.    I also like how in the anime in particular, Keita faces “normal” problems such as trying to impress the girl he likes and trying to get good grades at school.

The anime has me literally laughing out loud.  Sometimes it is so inappropriate it is hard to believe this is aimed at children!  I watch it in Japanese with English subtitles as I think some of the magic gets lost when it is dubbed – the voices for a start!  *cradles bleeding ears*  The 3DS game in particular steals hours of my life.   I can say “I’ll play for just 5 minutes…” and I will be on it for 5 hours.   I love how the game takes place in modern Japan and the areas you play in look like normal Japanese neighbourhoods.   It definitely doesn’t help my longing to go to Japan…

Thanks to Sami, I bought the game from Australia.  We have the same PAL region so it works on my UK 3DS.   I was so happy when she told me that as there was NO way I was waiting any longer.  When I bought the game, Nintendo had STILL not confirmed a UK release date.   I wish Yo-Kai would take off over here so I can buy ALL the merchandise, but then again, I like how unknown it is here. #HipsterDannie

Have you got anything currently distracting you, from blogging, work or even just LIFE?

Dannie x

March 7, 2016
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  • Reply Erin Lian

    Oh my goodness, Amy Poehler is EVERYTHING. We have been watching Agent Carter and it is amazing, yay for female protagonists! I really should watch Yokai Watch but I don’t want to cheat on Pokemon haha!

    Erin Lian <3

    March 9, 2016 at 2:11 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It wouldn’t be cheating! Watch it, play itttt <3

      April 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Sami Spoon

    I’m looking forward to seeing how much of an impact Yokai Watch has here, in Japan it’s a fierce competitor for Pokemon, I wonder if that same boom of popularity will happen here like it did with Pokemon in the 90’s? :O

    March 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I’m doubtful to be honest, there doesn’t seem to be much press/hype around the release here? I wish it would take off so I can buy ALL the YW merchandise!! xx

      April 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Shell Senseless

    I LOVE Parks & Recreation- I am up to series 5 too! :)

    March 10, 2016 at 6:50 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I need to pick it up again so I can finish it!! x

      April 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    I just played the Yo-Kai Watch demo & I really enjoyed it! The gameplay reminded me of a cross between Pokemon & SMT: Devil Survivor. I was on the fence before but I definitely want to buy it now. I didn’t realise that there’s also an anime, I’ll have to check it out! After a year long drought of games I’ve been on my 3DS constantly for the past few weeks. I’ve been playing Project X Zone 2 & have nearly finished Bravely Second. Need to get my hands on Hyrule Warriors Legends & Stella Glow next! xx

    March 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You have to get Yokai Watch – it’s so much fun! I really enjoyed it. I completed it and now I’m tempted to do it all over again!

      I also can’t wait for Pokemon Sun/Moon as it has been years since a new Pokemon game and I’m desperate for one! xx

      April 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Rosie

    I need to finish watching Parks & Rec. I tried to watch it all when they started showing it on Dave but they ran through the series so fast I quickly lost track.

    Recently, I’ve become obsessed with The Infinite Monkey Cage podcast. I love Brian Cox, and each episode tickles me so much. A lecturer sent us a link a couple of weeks ago to one they did on forensic science and I don’t think I’ve really listened to music since then because I’ve just been obsessed with the podcast.

    March 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I’ve abandoned it for now as I forgot what episode I was on!

      And you know what, I’m not digging podcasts for some reason. I’d much prefer a YouTube video… there’s just something about podcasts I don’t like?!

      April 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

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